Car Maintenance Check List

Sep. 21, 2009

It is important to diligently maintain your car every month, every 3 months and every 6 months.  Each threshold marks significant checkpoints that are vital for the longevity of your car.  Explore what action you need to be taking at every checkpoint to ensure the health of your car.      

CHECK EACH MONTH

  • oil level -- add oil if low and check for leaks
  • hoses -- replace if bulging, rotten, or brittle
  • belts -- replace if worn, frayed, or glazed
  • tire pressure -- add air if low
  • coolant or antifreeze -- add more if low
  • air filter -- replace if dirty
  • inspect tires for leaks, damage, bulges, or uneven wear   

CHECK EVERY 3 MONTHS

  • oil and oil filter -- change every 3,000 miles
  • windshield washer fluid -- add fluid if low
  • battery and power steering fluid -- add fluid if low
  • brake fluid -- add fluid if low
  • transmission fluid -- add fluid if low
  • battery terminals and cables -- clean if corroded

CHECK EVERY 6 MONTHS

  • wiper blades -- replace if worn, brittle, or smeary
  • make sure headlights, brake lights, and turn signals work
  • make sure horn works properly
  • inspect brakes for wear and tear or "slippage"
  • make sure spare tire is fully inflated
  • inspect exhaust system for rust, damage, or loose parts
  • inspect shock absorbers for oil seepage or wear

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